When most think about mead, they probably imagine flutes and panpipes being played at a local Renaissance Fair. But, mead is far more expansive than an annual tipple from a royal goblet, and Tampa Heights’s Garagiste Meadery is proving that out.
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Happy Friday! We’re freshly back from the Mazer Cup International mead competition which is the largest mead competition in the world. Drawing entries from Europe, the Americas and beyond. We placed 4 meads taking Gold with both Cilice De Lux and Black Forest. We also picked up Silver for Drop Bear and Oak Tupelo. We can’t be more humbled than to see some of our products be named the best in the world in their respective styles and finishing amongst the most awarded in the competition. Let’s celebrate! We get to do what we love because of you and your support. We’ll be open from 3-11 today. Meads on tap and bottles to go! See you soon.
Artisan mead that is hard to find anywhere else
The honey hooch has been around since 8,000 B.C., but Garagiste Meadery has ushered mead into the modern era primarily by treating it like a craft beer.
This award-winning meadery is run by Chad Wiltz who started making mead in small artisanal batches, and really has stuck to this type of meadmaking as a commercial operation – after all, the term “garagiste“ refers to a group of controversial French winemakers who reacted to traditional Bordeaux legacy winemakers by stealing grapes and making wine in garages and basements.
And it is precisely those gutsy and experimental varietals that make Garagiste Meadery different and a must try for anyone cruising around the bustling Tampa Heights area over any given weekend.
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Bottling day success… En Orama di Tamiami is ready to roll. Inky scarlet red. Moves beautifully in the glass with long legs. Aromas of dark fruit and oak. Flavors of dark fruit, dates, plum and hints of spice. The Amarone grapes really shine. Bottles available on our website now for purchase. Pickups beginning this weekend. As always, trustees are allowed. www.garagistemeadery.com While on the site, you’ll find some other goodies too. We appreciate the support! Cheers!
Chug a boog or two
For example, their taproom currently boasts Susy’s Cherry Pie, a tart cherry mead, En Orama de Tamiami, Amarone wine grapes aged on raisins and oak, BA Reboog Noir, Blackberry PB&J aged in bourbon barrels, and Bangkok Anejo, a ginger mead also aged in Bourbon barrels.
Often made with hand-picked fruit, each bottle of mead is around 12 to 14% alcohol by volume and can run around $10 for a pour. Bottles can run anywhere from $20 to $50.
Garagiste Meadery is open on Friday at 3pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday 12pm to 7pm.